Jan 3, 2015

My Humble Christmas Lesson

By | 2015-01-03T14:10:07+00:00 January 3, 2015|Celebrating, Elementary, Faith|

Sparkling lights, hot chocolate by a cozy fire, feelings of peace and calm, all is merry and bright. Those were the sentiments I wanted to be writing about, as I frantically tried to get a post-Christmas blog entry done. The flu happened instead, causing changed and cancelled plans, disinfectants and laundry, missed visits and tired [...]

Dec 6, 2014

The Three “Best” Things About Christmas…

By | 2014-12-06T07:12:54+00:00 December 6, 2014|Celebrating, Relationships|

The Grade one classes spend the month of December focusing on the different Christmas traditions each family celebrates. Over the years, I have witnessed many of these mini-celebrations with numerous ACES families. A question that has often come up is, “What about you? How do you celebrate Christmas?” So here are three of our best [...]

Dec 2, 2014

A Church, A School, and A Wedding

By | 2014-12-02T07:05:42+00:00 December 2, 2014|Admin Staff, Celebrating, Faith, Relationships|

Heidi and I decided to get married in a vineyard—an active winery that makes quality wine. The sermon of the wedding ceremony included some messaging around Jesus’ very first miracle of turning water into wine and we participated in our very first communion together as a married couple—in front of a whole "host of witnesses." [...]

Sep 12, 2014

The End of the Rainbow

By | 2014-09-12T07:28:56+00:00 September 12, 2014|Celebrating, Middle School, Parenting|

It had been a long day of driving—all the way from Abbotsford to Nelson, on the first leg of our trip to Alberta in early July. We finally pulled into our lakeside campsite at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park at suppertime, and were greeted by a cloud of mosquitoes and the rumbling of a thunderstorm in [...]

Aug 27, 2014


By | 2014-08-27T12:37:36+00:00 August 27, 2014|Admin Staff, Celebrating|

Birthdays at the Siebenga House When my siblings (one older sister and two younger brothers) and I were growing up together, we would run downstairs on the mornings of our birthdays to read “The List.” Yes, we did look forward to the presents we would get (although I’m not sure I remember any of the gifts [...]

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